Archive for March, 2011

The Obama administration could face a significant obstacle to its goal of having 80 percent of the nation running on clean energy alternatives by 2035 from local environmentalists.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 1:04 AM 03/28/2011

The Obama administration has set a target of having 80 percent of America’s electricity come from “clean energy sources” by 2035, but ironically one of the biggest obstacles to this goal could come from within the environmental movement itself.

From coast to coast, efforts to build everything from wind farms to solar plants has run afoul of local environmental groups and the “Not In My Backyard” (NIMBY) phenomenon. Pro-environmental journals, such as the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, as well as business groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have each cataloged this trend.

“Often, many of the same groups urging us to think globally about renewable energy are acting locally to stop the very same renewable energy projects that could create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Bill Kovacs, senior vice president for environment, technology and regulatory affairs with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, wrote in the introduction of the group’s recent “Project, No Project” report. “NIMBY activism has blocked more renewable projects than coal-fired power plants by organizing local opposition, changing zoning laws, opposing permits, filing lawsuits, and using other long delay mechanisms, effectively bleeding projects dry of their financing.”

Recent examples include environmentalist lawsuits seeking to block construction of a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert due to threats to the endangered desert tortoise and environmentalists suing to block the construction of a 75-wind turbine project in Nevada due to threats to local wildlife.

Rob Mrowka, an ecologist for Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity, told The Ely Times of Ely, Nev., that a green energy project’s location sometimes outweighs considerations such as climate change.

“We’ve got environmentalists out there who are fighting with environmentalists over whether or not they want renewable wind power or they want to save the chicken,” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller regarding Oklahoma environmentalists and their effort to block construction of wind farms because of how it could negatively affect prairie chickens.

Inhofe then charged that the environmentalists want to stop all energy production regardless of its source.

“They don’t want us to exploit any of our resources, so then we have to go to the Middle East, and that causes the price of oil to go up, supply and demand,” Inhofe said.

The senator believes an apparent hostility to energy production lies behind the effort to push cap and trade through using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations targeting carbon emissions by farmers, manufacturers and power plants.

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A bill introduced by Reps. Jim Jordan, Tim Scott and Scott Garrett aims to cap welfare spending and introduce work requirements for programs such at food stamps.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 12:15 AM 03/21/2011

When former President Bill Clinton signed the landmark 1996 welfare reform law, it was supposed to “end welfare as we know it.” Despite that pledge, spending on the 77 welfare programs administered by the federal government and the states has skyrocketed over the past 15 years.

But legislation introduced by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio, along with Republican Reps. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Scott Garrett of New Jersey, would cap welfare spending at 2007 levels once the unemployment rate reaches around 6.5 percent and would also introduce work requirements for many of these programs.

To put it in perspective, federal and state welfare spending on these 77 programs currently totals approximately $953 billion — larger than the $668 billion defense budget — according to a Heritage Foundation estimate. The Obama administration plans in the current fiscal year to increase welfare spending 42 percent above where it was when George W. Bush submitted his last budget in 2008.

The 2009 stimulus removed work requirements from the food stamp program and increased eligibility requirements, which has contributed to this increase.

As a result, the Obama administration has almost doubled spending on food stamps since taking office, increasing spending from $39 billion when he took office to approximately $75 billion this year.

“What Jordan is trying to do is bring welfare spending at least to where it was during the Bush years where it was still growing at 3 to 7 percent a year, but it wasn’t growing nearly at the rate that Obama has in place,” said Heritage Foundation welfare expert Katherine “Kiki” Bradley.

Estimates put forward by Bradley and Heritage Foundation fellow Robert Rector, who worked with the legislators to craft the bill, suggest the cap could save the federal government $1.4 trillion over the next decade. By contrast, the Obama budget projects total welfare spending to cost approximately $10.3 trillion over the next decade.

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By John Rossomando – 3/19/2011

Leading black conservatives lay blame for black America’s rampant poverty and other ills squarely at the feet of the socialist orientation of black leaders such as Al Sharpton.

They say the black intelligentsia’s rhetoric has created a defeatist and demoralizing climate that has robbed millions of black Americans of hope and has sentenced them to an impoverished existence.

“One of the tenets of the socialist ideology is to create a welfare state, and that’s exactly what has happened in the black community,” says Florida Rep. Allen West, the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “I like to say we have sort of a reverse plantation going on here where you have people like Sharpton and [Jesse] Jackson trying to make themselves into overseers.”

Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, says Marxists have worked hard to exploit blacks for the past century and divide them from the rest of society.

Socialism has been deeply ingrained in the black community since the NAACP’s founding in 1909 according to the Socialist Party USA.

And NAACP founder W.E.B. DuBois later developed an admiration for Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin and even continued to apologize for him even after many other black intellectuals such as Ralph Ellison had repudiated their support for the dictator. DuBois even received the 1959 “Lenin Peace Prize” and formally joined the Communist Party USA two years later in 1961.

An affection for socialism also permeated black American culture during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s when artists such as Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson flirted with Stalinism. Robeson won the 1952 “Stalin Peace Prize” and remained an unapologetic defender of the Soviet dictator throughout his life.

Not even legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. escaped being infected by the socialist virus, as evidenced by speeches he gave toward the end of his life. And the Black Panthers, including now-Congressman Bobby Rush looked to Mao for inspiration.

“The biggest tragedy in all of this is that the blacks did not know the poison of socialism and communism,” Innis says. “And they were led to believe it was the only alternative for fighting Jim Crow and pushing back against segregation.”

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Documents have been found in the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's FBI file suggesting the senator may have had communist sympathies early on in his career.

By John Rossomando – WorldNetDaily 5:45 pm Eastern 3/18/2011

Recently released FBI files have uncovered a link between the famously anti-communist President John F. Kennedy and a “communist sympathizer.”

The “sympathizer” was his brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009.

The files on Ted Kennedy reveal positions in stark contrast to those of his brother. JFK fought communist expansion, whether it was defending South Vietnam from what he called communist aggression or working to contain Fidel Castro’s Cuba from fomenting communist revolution in Latin America.

“In Latin America, communist agents seeking to exploit that region’s peaceful revolution of hope have established a base on Cuba, only 90 miles from our shores. Our objection with Cuba is not over the people’s drive for a better life,” John F. Kennedy said in his first State of the Union Address in 1961. “Our objection is to their domination by foreign and domestic tyrannies.

“Communist domination in this hemisphere can never be negotiated.”

The younger Kennedy, however, is shown to have had a fascination with the far left. At the same time John F. Kennedy was fighting communists, his brother sought to dine with them.

Among the allegations from the documents is a claim muckraking journalist Drew Pearson had planned to publish a story suggesting Ted Kennedy was denied the right to attend school at Ft. Hollabird, Md., in 1954 while he was in the Army because “an adverse FBI report linked him to a group of ‘pinkos’ (i.e., communist sympathizers).”

Kennedy’s influential father, Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., then threatened Pearson with a libel lawsuit if he printed the column, the documents show.

“This suggests Ted had some sort of a security clearance problem,” author and columnist Paul Kengor said.

Declassified FBI documents also show that Ted Kennedy met with people described as “leftists” and “communist sympathizers” within months of his brother’s inauguration in 1961.

A cable, dated July 20, 1961, indicates Ted Kennedy was curious about why the leftists in Latin America thought the way they did and set about meeting with them.

“Approximately eight Mexicans to be present,” the cable said of those slated to meet with Ted Kennedy at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. “Embassy discouraged invitation to … collaborator in publication of anti-U.S., pro-communist magazine ‘Politica’ and well-known as communist sympathizer. Included in group are … [members] known as communist sympathizer and … reported leftist intellectual.”

The papers also show Kennedy made a similar request while he was staying in Peru.

This episode appears nowhere in any of Kennedy’s authorized biographies.

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The House of Representatives voted Thursday to kill funding for National Public Radio by a 228-192 vote.

By John Rossomando – WorldNetDaily 5:45 pm Eastern 3/17/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives voted today to defund National Public Radio in the wake of a video showing an executive telling actors posing as Muslim Brotherhood operatives the media enterprise could survive without federal dollars.

The video prompted the resignations of NPR President Vivian Schiller and NPR Foundation President Robert Schiller, who appeared on camera voicing anti-Semitic and anti-conservative sentiments in addition to saying NPR could survive without federal funding.

The undercover video produced by James O’Keefe of ACORN pimp fame spurred the GOP leadership to push the issue to the fore, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying last week the NPR executive’s comment speaks for itself.

“Our concern is not about any one person at NPR, rather it’s about millions of taxpayers. NPR has admitted that they don’t need taxpayer subsidies to thrive, and at a time when the government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, we certainly agree with them,” Cantor said at a press conference last week.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., passed by a 228-192 vote, but analysts say it will be a long shot in the Senate, where Democrats have the majority.

“As a country we no longer have this luxury anymore. With the national debt over $14 trillion, the government simply can’t continue to fund non-essential services,” Lamborn told USA Today.

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Numerous members of Congress including Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann headlined a panel Monday night to discuss defunding the health care law. According to King and Bachmann, the law contains a provision that automatically appropriates money to implement the law even during a government shutdown.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 5:40 PM 03/15/2011

While many Americans were focusing on “March Madness,” a panel of members of Congress and health care activists had another kind of “March Madness” in mind Monday night ̶ the first anniversary of the passage of President Obama’s contentious health care law.

The panel was headlined by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and Republican Reps. Tom Price of Georgia, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa and Michael Burgess of Texas. The lawmakers were also joined by 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, Virginia GOP Senate candidate Jamie Radtke and Cato Institute health care expert Michael Cannon, among others, to raise awareness of the implications of the law’s ongoing implementation.

Let Freedom Ring, the Galen Foundation and Independent Women’s Voice co-sponsored the basketball-themed event held at the Capitol’s visitor’s center.

“Real madness ̶ March Madness ̶ is America swallowing this large pickle of a health care bill and the indigestion that’s going to come for the next two or three years,” Coburn said.

A large part of what the speakers call madness stems from the approximately $105 billion that the 111th Congress hid in the law to automatically appropriate funds for its implementation until 2019. This provision did not come up for debate in either the House or the Senate and was only recently discovered.

This provision has been largely absent from the current budget debate over House Republican plans to cut $61 billion from the federal budget.

“Did it just escape Nancy Pelosi’s memory to tell those of us in the House?” Bachmann asked. “This is a bad insult, petty insult to every senator and every House member who voted on this bill ̶ to be denied material knowledge of this bill.”

“In the private sector, if you have a contract between two parties and you fail to disclose a material term, the contract is void and without an issue ̶ void from the beginning,” she continued.

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According to documentation and observer comments, Donald Trump's description of Michael Moore as a communist is not too far off.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 12:40 AM 03/15/2011

Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff remark labeling activist filmmaker Michael Moore as a “communist” during an appearance on Fox News earlier this month may not be too far off, according to observers and documentation.

The Donald made the comment responding to an accusation from Moore that Wisconsin and the rest of the nation were not broke because the wealthy were not fairly distributing their money.

“This is like in other words: ‘Everybody’s cash is everybody’s cash’. It’s sort of interesting. Castro in the good old days used to say the exact same thing, right?” Trump asked.

Evidence shows Moore has a long history of pro-communist sympathies dating back to at least 1986 when he was fired from Mother Jones magazine for refusing to publish an article by Paul Berman that was critical of the communist Sandinistas’ human rights record.

“The article was flatly wrong and the worst kind of patronizing bullshit,” Moore was quoted by Alexander Cockburn as saying in an article that appeared in The Nation magazine that same year.

Moore even expressed admiration for Castro in his 1997 book “Downsize This.”
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Tea Party leaders and their GOP congressional allies are warning Republicans could face an electoral blowout if deeper spending cuts are not made.

By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller 10:40 AM 03/04/2011

Tea Partiers and some of their congressional allies are warning that Republicans could see a 2006-style blowout in 2012 if they fail to deliver promised budget cuts, such as defunding the health care reform law.

The House GOP’s opening act on the continuing resolution has already rankled many Tea Partiers because they believe the $60 billion in cuts proposed by the leadership two weeks ago broke campaign promises.

Speaker John Boehner and the Republican leadership promised to deliver $100 billion in cuts last December, and the speaker repeated the promise last month at CPAC. But when the time came to vote on the conservative Republican Study Committee’s proposal that would have done just that, 92 Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, joined with 189 Democrats to kill the amendment.

“The thing is you don’t know that there is going to be a fight in the Senate, but when the Republicans can’t even do it themselves when they have a tremendous majority, we can’t say the perfect is the enemy of the good,” said Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. “That’s just pathetic.

“I can’t believe we are debating $100 billion; it’s a pittance, and it’s not even a down payment on our problem,” Meckler continued.

Meckler called the GOP leadership “disingenuous” and put them on notice that Tea Partiers would not forget their failures and warned them they could face serious primary challengers in 2012 if demands for deeper cuts are not met.

“Tea Partiers are going to be involved with Republican and with Democratic primaries all across the country,” Meckler said.

His warning echoes that of Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips who promised this week to find someone to mount a primary challenge against Boehner next year.

Freshman House Republican Tim Heulskamp told The Daily Caller the GOP caucus is committed to cutting $100 billion from the budget, but said he is concerned about a repeat of 2006 if the GOP does not show voters it is serious about spending reductions.

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By John Rossomando
Posted: March 03, 2011 1:30 am Eastern

WASHINGTON – Two Republican governors have warned Congress the increased Medicaid burden imposed by the president’s health care reform law could cause them to drastically raise taxes or cut programs unless they get greater flexibility in tailoring their own programs.

They also called on the Obama administration to expedite getting the health care law out of the lower courts and into the Supreme Court, so the states can plan their implementation of the health care law as 2014 approaches.

Expanding Medicaid to cover those making 138 percent above the federal poverty rate under the law could cost the states as much as $118 billion by 2023 – more than double than the $60 billion projected by the Congressional Budget Office – according to a joint report prepared by the Republican staffs on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Gary Herbert, R-Utah, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday they need to be able to make modifications to the program without having to come to Washington to “kowtow and kiss the ring.”